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Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Daubach vs. Abad
As a frequent and serious minor league fan, on this blog you will often read me writing in favor of giving some of the talent I've seen a shot at The Show. In this case, I am hoping the Sox will give a serious look at Andy Abad as a backup at first behind Millar, instead of the recently re-signed, fan favorite Brian Daubach. Yes, Brian is a solid first base defensive choice, and, has some pop in his bat. But, Brian is very, very streaky - and when he is cold, well, for me anyway it is torture to watch him reaching for low and away stuff for his third strike.
Abad, who had a cup of coffee with Boston at the end of the season after a big year at Pawtucket, is also a lefthand bat.
While stats comparing AAA and MLB performance can be deceptive of course (Abad has only 20 MLB ABs for analysis), here is a quick look anyway:
- with 515 Ks in 1925 MLB ABs, Daubach strikes out every 3.7 at bats. Ugh! (And looks bad doing it - Sorry Brian)
- Abad, a AAA All-Star and Pawtucket Player of the Year, had 68 Ks in 509 AAA ABs, striking out every 7.47 at bats.
- Abad batted .305 at AAA, with 94 RBIs, a .462 slugging pct., and a .375 OBP in '03 - nd a and a decent .974 fielding pct in MLB (1 error) chances.
- Daubach's career average is .262, a .480 slugging pct., and a .342 OBP; and a nice .990 fielding pct.
Abad was a key part of the PawSox drive into the Governor's cup Finals last season, anchoring the teams offense and playing most every day.
While Daubach has the big advantage of having proved he can play in The Show, here's hoping Francona and Theo give Andy a close look.
[Abad has spent the fall in the Dominican Winter League.]